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South St. Louis Man "Buried Alive" at Industrial Site, and No One Believes Him

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Lindsay Toler
Robert Stief stands in front of what he calls a "concrete tomb" where he was trapped earlier this month. His friend behind him, Brett Dagoberg, searched for him for hours.
"I was buried alive yesterday."

That's how Robert Stief, 32, remembers it. On October 13, he was sitting by the train tracks in south St. Louis waiting for friends to wander back from the corner store with a typical breakfast: Vess sodas and a Payday.

Suddenly, he woke up "in a concrete coffin," stuck at the center of an immovable Rubik's cube of giant industrial blocks -- his phone, wallet and day's worth of medicines gone. A metal plate topped with wet gravel encased him in this barren storage site for three hours. He could hear trucks rumbling through the industrial neighborhood at Michigan Avenue and Tesson Street, so he shouted until his voice was hoarse.

No one could hear him. Or, at least, no one came to help.

If you think his story sounds unbelievable, you're not alone. St. Louis Metropolitan Police never filed a report, and with half a mind to sue them for not pursuing his case, Stief keeps calling and getting hung up on by lawyers.

"Everyone thinks I'm a wacko," Stief told Daily RFT. "They all act like I'm crazy. If I [hadn't] made it out, I'd be dead right now, and no one would know where I was."

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Lindsay Toler
Robert Stief has no idea how he got into what he calls a "concrete coffin."

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Stief says he escaped by ramming his shoulder against the plate above him, dislocating his shoulder. It's hardly his only injury: Stief uses a cane to walk with his broken ankle, he takes methadone for pain in his spine, and he's medicated for anxiety, seizures and agoraphobia.

"After this I'm sure I'm going to have a big problem with claustrophobia," he said.

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Lindsay Toler
Robert Stief peers into the crawl space where he says he was buried alive for three hours.

Read after the jump to find out whether drugs played a role in Stief's story.


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17 comments
Cory Hamilton
Cory Hamilton

Biggest smile I've had all day. Almost laughed.

Julian Kussman
Julian Kussman

You can get methadone for spine pain? Shit! my spine hurts!

John Lupia
John Lupia

Why doesn't shit like this ever happen to a lawyer or doctor? Almost every alien abduction or things of the like always happen to guys like this.

TyronetheDog
TyronetheDog

"drugged by his attackers " ................ hummmmm ............  Sherlock Holmes  & Dr. Watson , come here immediately !

It could be possible that vicious gangs (armed with expensive heroin filled syringes) are waiting to pounce upon innocent junkies and entomb them for some diabolical purpose.

A 24 hour a day round the clock contingent of police officers should be assigned to protect him from further subterfuge.

OR , the real robbery and scam here is that this malcreant is sucking away your hard earned income in the form of your taxes. Thus squandered by "his government". His worthless, lazy ass is showered with gifts of an obamaphone, orange bottle delusions, and a fat EBT card.

Next weeks news --- he will see flying monkeys creeping out of his ass and break into an delirium. He will attempt to stab his friend over a bag of cheetos. He will be miraculously revived near the first of the month when his prescription is again re-filled.


Brewneaux Welldone
Brewneaux Welldone

I posted a meaner comment earlier and took it down. I do have sympathy for these folks but I live very close to this and there are addicts all over. They hang in a park two blocks away. They sleep amongst those so called coffins. Likely he climbed up and fell in there and couldn't get out. If he was "mugged" it was likely by his fellow addicts whom he cohorts with during the day. The IV drug use and prostitution there is so prevalent it's beyond appalling. They call the park "needle park" though I believe it's South St. Louis Square park. Methadone for his "pain". That's rich.

Kristy Lytle
Kristy Lytle

There is probably more evidence to suggest he is mistaken (was hallucinating, etc) than there was to prove criminal misconduct. *Sigh* I almost feel bad for him. Hope he gets help.

Kristy Haffer
Kristy Haffer

favorite part of the whole story "Everyone assumes he was just high," Dagoberg says. "No he wasn't. Not that day."

Brewneaux Welldone
Brewneaux Welldone

Yeah this is my neighborhood, it is overridden with junkies! Yes I said it. South St. Louis Square where they hang out two blocks away is appalling. They sleep amongst those "concrete coffins" as he calls them. He likely got his dumb a$$ trapped there until he ran out of his "meds" and now is trying to bilk the system for even more. There is your story folks. If he was mugged then it was likely his own fellow addicts.

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

Anyone believe this stupid hoosier? 

Yvonne Knight
Yvonne Knight

Do not go in the television ...poltergeist may grab ya

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

Is this a planted viral ad for a shitty movie?

TyronetheDog
TyronetheDog

@Kristy Lytle --- He is a drug seeking attention whore. It is part of their repertoire. The more "pitiful and needy" they can make themselves appear, the more Social Security (SSI) , medical care ( Dr. Mujibars pain pills & fentanyl patches) and "spare change "  they can drain from people who "feel bad for him".

It beats working for a living, and his perennial excuse will always be "it's somebody else's fault".

He is now waiting for a telephone call from Oprah.

There are hordes of these people playing that act. He will get help; over and over and over and over and over and over ...............


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